fake-newsGood Morning Asomatous Wonderers,

As we bump and shove our way through malls and shops looking for that perfect Christmas gift, I think it important to point out the pitfalls of fake news. Unlike the truth always found on this our humble forum, many have discovered they can earn money or worse, target people, locations, venues, restaurants, and damn near anything with fake news stories solely for revenge!

Given the results of November 8th the conspiracy fanatics seem to have found a friend in the Republican Party.  As one fake news creator told NPR, “We’ve tried to do [fake news with] liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You’ll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out.”

I’m not really sure what the above means other than to say, as a group, Republicans are dim bulbs willing to overlook the facts. In fact, the two or three of you still reading this eximious prattle may remember what ‘The Donald’ said in a 1988 interview after being asked if he’d ever run for President. Without hesitation, he said “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”

To be fair, I’m certain the Democrats are just as guilty, but perhaps a bit more subtle than the red-necked conspiracies i.e., moon landing, birthers, and the World Trade Center collapse. Much the same way racism is spread, conspiracies are taught and handed off to children who then become predisposed to believing lies or hyperbole regardless of the source.

The old axiom “Perception is Truth” was never so poignant as it is today, with literally hundreds of so called news sites churning out swamp gas pumping it directly to conservative groups. Raking in advertisement dollars of $10K to $30K a month for fake news, it’s clear I’ve missed my calling.

Trump tapped into what Hillary called a “Basket of Deplorables” or more simply stated; the large number of nitwits that feed on bullshit at face value; never concerned with the facts.

Just remember that Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy are all fictional characters yet, billions are spent in advertising using them to promote anything from high end vacations to toothpaste. That said, even the nitwits understand these are fictional characters as common sense dictates. Why is it then these same folks won’t or can’t use cognitive reasoning when confronted with a fake news story?

Jeez, Merry Christmas